Lice on Seals in the Antarctic Waters and Lice in Temperate Climates

Publication Type:Book Chapter
Year of Publication:2017
Authors:Mehlhorn, B, Mehlhorn, H
Editor:Klimpel, S, Kuhn, T, Mehlhorn, H
Book Title:Biodiversity and Evolution of Parasitic Life in the Southern Ocean. Parasitology Research Monographs
Publisher:Springer Nature
City:Cham, Switzerland
ISBN:978-3-319-46342-1 (print), SBN 978-3-319-46343-8 (e-book)
Keywords:Antarctic waters, Antarctophthirus, Echinophthirus, Lepidophthirus, Proechinophthirus, seals

Lice (Phthiraptera) are ectoparasites, which stroll on the surface of their warm-blooded hosts. The members of the suborder Anoplura suck blood, while the so-called biting lice (Mallophaga) feed on skin particles and/or hair of their hosts. The species of the skin feeding mallophages parasitize practically exclusively at terrestrial animals, while among the bloodsucking species of the Anoplura also semi-aquatic species exist, which parasitize permanently at marine mammalian animals.

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